Pectin binds substances in the intestines and adds bulk to the stools. It might also reduce how much cholesterol the body absorbs from foods.
People use pectin for high cholesterol, prediabetes, heartburn, diarrhea, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Pectin was used for years together with kaolin (Kaopectate) to control diarrhea. But in 2003, the FDA found that evidence doesn't support the use of pectin for diarrhea. Since April 2004, pectin has not been permitted as an anti-diarrhea agent in over-the-counter (OTC) products. Kaopectate no longer contains pectin and kaolin.
Uses & Effectiveness
Possibly Effective for
Special Precautions and Warnings
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Pectin is commonly consumed in foods. It is possibly safe when taken by mouth in larger amounts.
Children: Pectin is commonly consumed in foods. It is possibly safe when taken by mouth in larger amounts, short-term.
Allergy to cashew: Pectin might cause allergic reactions in people who are allergic to cashew.
Antibiotics (Tetracycline antibiotics) interacts with PECTIN
Pectin is high in fiber. Fiber can decrease the amount of tetracycline antibiotics that the body absorbs. This might reduce the effects of these antibiotics. To avoid this interaction, take pectin two hours before or four hours after taking tetracycline antibiotics.
Digoxin (Lanoxin) interacts with PECTIN
Pectin is high in fiber. Fiber can decrease the amount of digoxin that the body absorbs. This might reduce the effects of digoxin. To avoid this interaction, take pectin four hours before or one hour after digoxin.
Lovastatin (Mevacor) interacts with PECTIN
Pectin is high in fiber. Fiber can decrease the amount of lovastatin that the body absorbs. This might reduce the effects of lovastatin. To avoid this interaction, take pectin at least one hour after lovastatin
Be cautious with this combination
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